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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Academy of Medical Educators – New Members

The Academy of Medical Educators (AME) has recently announced several new members-

Dr. Laura Kasman (Microbiology and Immunology) – Master Teacher

Dr. Diann Krywko (Medicine/Emergency Medicine) – Master Teacher

Dr. Jean Peng (Radiation Oncology) – Mentored Teaching Fellow

Please join me in congratulating these individuals on their selection and in thanking them for their commitment to our educational mission.  More information about AME and the application process can be found at  The next deadlines for application are October 21 and November 18.  Questions about AME may be directed to the AME Co-Directors, Drs. Debra Hazen-Martin, Leonie Gordon, and Paul McDermott.

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next sessions in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  These sessions will be presented by Marc Chimowitz and Tom Hulsey on the topic of “Mentoring and the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Process” and will be offered twice – on November 4 at 4:00 p.m. and on November 21 at 12:00 p.m. in the 601 Clinical Sciences Building conference room.  These sessions are intended to be highly participatory and foster discussion.

Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for these sessions.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

New MUSC physician, researcher transforming treatment of sickle cell disease

Dr. Julie Kanter-Washko, who recently joined MUSC as a pediatric hematologist-oncologist and director of Sickle Cell Disease Research Center, was profiled in the Post & Courier earlier this week.  In that article, she explains the “Catch 22” in the treatment of the disease and what she’d like to do to change the care of sickle cell patients.  Read her story at

2013 Diabetes Symposium Research Awards

Congratulations to second year College of Medicine students Bradley Ketner and David Cykert for their 2013 Diabetes Symposium poster presentation awards.  Bradley received 2nd place for the Community category and David received 2nd place in the Diabetes Management and Education category.  Bradley and David completed their summer research projects with Dr. Leonard Egede, Professor in our Department of Medicine. 

“What’s the Buzz”

Continuing with our new College of Medicine “What’s the Buzz?” video series, Dr. Pisano discusses the MUSC President Search.  The “What’s the Buzz?” series consists of short videos addressing some of the most talked about issues within or affecting the College.  The idea is to provide you with information in a transparent and easily accessible way, and to do so “face-to-face”.  This week’s edition can be found at

If you’d like to have issues of interest or concern addressed in this forum, you can send an email to, drop a note in the comment box in the lobby of 601 Clinical Sciences Building, post a question to one of our COM discussion forums, or send me an email directly.  All topics are welcome.  I hope you will find these videos an easy way to stay informed and have issues addressed in a convenient and timely way.

Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have created new electronic discussion platforms focusing on education, research, clinical affairs, and general information from the Dean’s Office and the College of Medicine.  These forums are intended to serve several purposes.  First, they are another way for my office to share important information with faculty, staff, and students.  Second, they are meant to encourage discussion about issues within the college and to empower everyone within the college to voice their opinions.  These “discussion forums” are intended to be not only channels for messages to be sent out, but channels for YOUR ideas, comments and questions to be heard by college leadership.  Your voice matters and we are pleased there is a new way for it to be heard.  You can access these forums by using the following links and your net ID and password:

As always....

Let's work together to meet our strategic planning goal - to be in the Top 25 among academic medical centers for reputation, quality, service, efficiency and financial performance by 2015.  I look forward to hearing from you - either in person or via email.



Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine